When making something for the first time, I like to read a bunch of recipes and make up my own as I go along. This is an approximation of what I ended up doing, but measurements may not be exact. Feel it out and follow your intuition!
Ingredients (Use organic where possible!):
- 3 cups Quick Oats
- 1/2 cup uncooked Quinoa
- 1 cup Dried Fruit - i.e. raisins, dates, cranberries, blueberries…
- 1/2 large Coconut Flakes
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/2 cup Sprouted or raw Almonds, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 4 tablespoons Honey
- 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- Cinnamon (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon raw Cacao
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
Preheat oven to 325F.
On the stove in a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, sugar, salt, cinnamon, extracts, and any other spices you’d like to add. Stir until there is no separation.
Mix the oats, quinoa, seeds, nuts, coconut and dried fruit in a large bowl.
Pour the liquid mix over the dried ingredients and stir until all dry ingredients are thoroughly coated.
Scoop everything into a large baking sheet, getting the mix as spread-out as possible for even cooking. I sprinkle more cinnamon and salt on at this piont.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until granola is golden-brown and fragrant, tossing once or twice during the baking process. Longer equals crispier.
Let cool completely before eating.
Extra notes: Some recipes say to add the dried fruit later so it doesn’t get all hard. I forgot I’d read that and cooked everything together and my raisins did fine, though they were a bit chewy.
I’ve also read that if you blend up 1/2 the oats in a coffee grinder/food processor/blender, you can get clumpier granola, which I prefer. I’ll try that next time and see if it improves the clusteryness.
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